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SPI International’s Basic Movie Service FilmBox is Available via Seven TV Operators in the Netherlands

SPI International’s FilmBox has launched with Plinq, Trined and KabelNoord in the Netherlands. Viewers can access the channel in the operators’ basic packages.

Global media company SPI International’s FilmBox continues to make waves in the Netherlands as the channel launches with three more service providers following the roll-out on Canal Digitaal, Online.nl, DELTA and Caiway. FilmBox is now available through the basic packages of Plinq, Trined and KabelNoord at channels 19, 23 and 25, respectively.

“Just five months after the debut of FilmBox in the Netherlands, we have almost doubled the channel’s reach providing our curated selection of movies and series through seven Dutch TV platforms to about 600.000 households in the country,” commented Jeroen Bergman, General Manager, Film1 and FilmBox Netherlands. “Considering that the Netherlands is the first Western European market to have launched FilmBox, the exceptional success we have achieved with the channel here is very promising for SPI’s plans to bring FilmBox to other Western European markets,” added Bergman.

FilmBox delivers a compelling slate of Hollywood movies, world cinema classics, local productions and popular series. Content highlights for the month of November include: Aleksandr Chernyaev’s action thriller WAKE UP (2019) starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers; Norwegian thriller AN AFFAIR (2018); and David Fincher’s Academy Award-winning drama THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. 

FilmBox broadcasts movies as they are meant to be, without advertising breaks during the movie which makes it one of the only commercial channels in the basic packages to do so. FilmBox is committed to providing viewers with a laidback stress-free entertainment experience without movie interruptions.

SPI International has been active in the Dutch pay-tv market with their thematic brands, and more recently with the premium movie services brand Film1, which operates four linear channels and on-demand services in the region available also via Plinq, Trined and KabelNoord.

 

About SPI INTERNATIONAL: 

SPI INTERNATIONAL is a global media company operating 42 TV channels, multiple digital products across six continents, and a major player in content distribution and broadcasting worldwide.

SPI was founded 28 years ago and has extensive experience in the TV and broadcasting industry. The company operates multiple free-to-air and pay-TV channels in CEE, Western Europe, CIS and Ex-Yugo regions including key European markets such as Poland, Czechia, Romania, Serbia, the Netherlands and Russia. SPI is one of the premier movie service providers in the countries where it operates, with FilmBox being its flagship movie service. SPI Group owns a suite of legacy brands that have become household names such as FilmBox, Film1, Kino Polska, Stopklatka, Dizi along with different thematic channels and streaming services. 

SPI’s brands reach millions of households through operators, partner platforms and SPI’s own digital products globally. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses cutting-edge technology providing its subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content and FilmBox+ service that has over one million subscribers. The company recently launched a new digital service, Dizi, a state-of-the-art aggregator of the best Turkish series worldwide. SPI also owns and operates the brand assets of Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear channels and an on-demand service.

For over 25 years, SPI INTERNATIONAL has been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international markets. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand.

 

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SPI/FilmBox Launches Dizi with Mitele Plus in Spain

SPI/FilmBox has struck a deal with streaming service Mitele Plus for its premium drama hub Dizi. Dizi content will be offered via a branded corner in the platform to viewers in Spain and Andorra

In a move that reinforces Dizi’s expansion into the Spanish market, SPI/FilmBox and Mediaset España’s streaming service Mitele Plus, announce that they have signed a distribution agreement to bring SPI’s premium drama brand Dizi to Spain and Andorra. The deal will make hundreds of hours of riveting Turkish drama series available with Spanish dubbing to Mitele Plus subscribers via the Dizi branded corner.

“Dizi has achieved remarkable success globally since its launch, which reflects our commitment to always providing a good story to our audiences through our brand,” said Berk Uziyel, CEO at SPI International. “Through our partnership with Mitele Plus subscribers can enjoy some of the most unique and critically-acclaimed drama series with 100% Spanish dubbing,” added Uziyel.

Established in April 2019, Dizi reaches millions of households worldwide, available in 50 countries and counting, including Western European countries like Luxembourg, Switzerland and more recently Portugal. With an award-winning slate of globally acclaimed Turkish drama series, the Dizi content highlights available for Mitele Plus subscribers include popular series like 20 Minutes, The Red Scarf, Heart of the City, Karadayi, Kurt Seyit and Shura, The End, the hit global sensation Ezel and International Emmy Award-nominated Black Money Love.

 

About Mitele Plus

Mitele PLUS, exclusive content from Spain’s premier audio-visual group
 
Mitele PLUS is Mediaset España's premium television platform. For more than a decade, Mediaset España has been the undisputed leader of the Spanish audio-visual market by linear and digital viewer numbers and Spain's largest original content creator. In addition to the content available on Mitele – Mediaset España's open digital platform which offers the group's full catalogue of live content and on-demand entertainment, fiction, sports and news – Mitele PLUS offers exclusive content, sneak previews and special events to subscribers only.
 
Its exclusive package features live original productions such as “Sobreviviré” (I Will Survive) hosted Monday through Thursday by journalist Nagore Robles; “Secret Story” with an exclusive 24-hour channel providing advance broadcasts of daily recaps and Sunday shows; “La última tentación” (The Last Temptation) and “Got Talent” with a sneak preview the day before the general broadcast. The service also offers an extensive package of international fiction titles delivered for viewing in advance of their free-to-air broadcasting, featuring content such as “Nina, a different nurse”; Spanish series like “Señoras del (h)AMPA” (Dangerous Moms) and famous Turkish TV shows such as “Love is in the air”, “Omer: Stolen Dreams”, “My Home, My Destiny”, “Our Story”, “Surprise Marriage”, “Sweet Revenge”, “My Sweet Lie”, “Room Number 309”, “Erkenci Kus”, “Dolunay”, “Don't Let Go”, “Hidden Truths", “Love for Rent”, “Kara Sevda”, “Sühan”, “Icerde”, “Stiletto vendetta” and 'Total Divas', to name just a few.
 
The service recently launched the movie channel Acontra+, with an extensive opening catalogue of 240 national and international full-length features spanning various genres, classic and modern, with the option to watch them dubbed or in original version with subtitles. In sport, the platform offers all the sports content broadcast by Mediaset España free-to-air in addition to the combat sports channel, “Fight Sports”. Mitele PLUS tops off its offering for “Mitele Club” subscribers with special events starring well-known Mediaset España presenters and personalities.


About SPI INTERNATIONAL: 

SPI INTERNATIONAL is a global media company operating 42 TV channels, multiple digital products across six continents, and a major player in content distribution and broadcasting worldwide.

SPI was founded 28 years ago and has extensive experience in the TV and broadcasting industry. The company operates multiple free-to-air and pay-TV channels in CEE, Western Europe, CIS and Ex-Yugo regions including key European markets such as Poland, Czechia, Romania, Serbia, the Netherlands and Russia. SPI is one of the premier movie service providers in the countries where it operates, with FilmBox being its flagship movie service. SPI Group owns a suite of legacy brands that have become household names such as FilmBox, Film1, Kino Polska, Stopklatka, Dizi along with different thematic channels and streaming services. 

SPI’s brands reach millions of households through operators, partner platforms and SPI’s own digital products globally. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses cutting-edge technology providing its subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content and FilmBox+ service that has over one million subscribers. The company recently launched a new digital service, Dizi, a state-of-the-art aggregator of the best Turkish series worldwide. SPI also owns and operates the brand assets of Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear channels and an on-demand service.

For over 25 years, SPI INTERNATIONAL has been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international markets. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. 

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SPI International Acquires Digital Distribution Rights to The Smurfs

SPI/FilmBox has struck a deal with IMPS and LAFIG Belgium for the VOD rights of the classic cartoon series The Smurfs. The series will be available to viewers on SPI owned digital assets with English, Turkish, Dutch and Polish language options

Global media company SPI International acquired the digital distribution rights of the classic TV series The Smurfs and the feature length film The Smurfs and the Magic Flute from LAFIG Belgium and IMPS, the worldwide licensors of the beloved cartoon characters, for its own digital assets.  The deal, which was negotiated by Revi Benshoshan, Director of Acquisitions at SPI International, and Anne-Claire de Briey, Licensing Manager Audiovisual at IMPS, gives SPI worldwide AVOD and SVOD distribution rights to the content on SPI owned or operated digital assets such as FilmBox on demand branded corners, FilmBox+ and Film1 streaming services and the ad-supported digital channel Filmstream. The classic series will be available on-demand with English, Turkish, Dutch and Polish dubbing options.   

The Smurfs is an iconic and worldwide recognizable brand that has been touching people’s lives in a positive way for decades. We are very excited to acquaint a new generation of viewers with the magical world of Smurfs and to inspire those who grew up with the beloved series to tend to their inner child more often,” commented Revi Benshoshan.

“This new distribution deal with SPI/FilmBox is fantastic news. It makes me so happy to know that so many parents will be able to share their love for the Smurfs with their kids watching this great series together,” said Véronique Culliford, President of IMPS/Lafig and the daughter of Peyo, creator of the Smurfs.

 

About Peyo, LAFIG Belgium/IMPS (International Merchandising Promotions & Services)

IMPS, together with LAFIG Belgium, are the official licensors of the little blue-skinned characters ‘The Smurfs.’ Over the years, IMPS has worked in close collaboration with its agents worldwide to develop successful licensed merchandising, retail and co-branded promotions, publishing activities, broadcasting deals, theme parks, live shows and family entertainment centers that have secured the everlasting success of the Smurfs.  IMPS is run by Véronique Culliford, the daughter of Pierre Culliford, the creator of the Smurfs, who is better known under his pseudonym Peyo. Véronique has run IMPS since 1984 and controls with LAFIG Belgium the rights to the Smurfs characters and the Smurfs licensing worldwide.

 

About SPI INTERNATIONAL

SPI INTERNATIONAL is a global media company operating 42 TV channels, multiple digital products across six continents, and a major player in content distribution and broadcasting worldwide.
SPI was founded 28 years ago and has extensive experience in the TV and broadcasting industry. The company operates multiple free-to-air and pay-TV channels in CEE, Western Europe, CIS and Ex-Yugo regions including key European markets such as Poland, Czechia, Romania, Serbia, the Netherlands and Russia. SPI is one of the premier movie service providers in the countries where it operates, with FilmBox being its flagship movie service. SPI Group owns a suite of legacy brands that have become household names such as FilmBox, Film1, Kino Polska, Stopklatka, Dizi along with different thematic channels and streaming services. 

SPI’s brands reach millions of households through operators, partner platforms and SPI’s own digital products globally. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses cutting-edge technology providing its subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content and FilmBox+ service that has over one million subscribers. The company recently launched a new digital service, Dizi, a state-of-the-art aggregator of the best Turkish series worldwide. SPI also owns and operates the brand assets of Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear channels and an on-demand service.

For over 25 years, SPI INTERNATIONAL has been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international markets. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. 

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"Fears" is the biggest winner of this year's Polish Film Festival in Gdynia

Coming to Polish theatres on November 5th, 2021!

The 46th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia ended on September 25th with a spectacular victory for the movie "Fears", coproduced by SPI International Affiliate Kino Polska TV SA. The picture directed by Łukasz Ronduda and Łukasz Gutt moved the Festival audience and received many positive reviews. „Fears" received a total of five awards – apart from the Journalists' Award, the film received the Don Quixote Award of the Film Discussion Clubs and the Youth Jury Award. During the Saturday gala closing of this year's edition of the Festival, Łukasz Gutt received an individual award for cinematography and the Golden Lions, the main award of the Gdynia event, was received by the filmmakers and Daniel Rycharski – the real-life inspiration behind the main character played by Dawid Ogrodnik. "Fears" will be distributed by Kino Świat, a CANAL+ group company.

The film, awarded with Golden Lions at Polish Film Festival 2021 in Gdynia, is based on real events from the life of the colorful and combining-extremes character of Daniel Rycharski – a respected artist, committed Catholic, outstanding activist, graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and winner of "Polityka's" Polish weekly magazine special price called Passport.

The main character is played by Dawid Ogrodnik – the star of "The Last Family", "You Are God" and "You Want to Live" blockbusters, a two-time winner of the Polish Film Award (Eagle), who received numerous distinctions at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, as well as the title of Shooting Star 2019, awarded to the most promising actors of the European cinema.

Dawid Ogrodnik is accompanied by outstanding personalities of Polish cinematography, including: Andrzej Chyra, Jowita Budnik, Maria Maj, Jacek Poniedziałek and the star of the famous "25 Years of Innocence. The Case of Tomek Komenda" movie – Piotr Trojan. The film was directed by Łukasz Gutt, who also created the cinematography, and Łukasz Ronduda – the creator of the critically acclaimed productions "The Performer" and "The Heart of Love", awarded at the International Film Festival in Berlin. At the 46th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, the "Fears" movie won as many as five awards: Journalists' Award, Film Discussion Clubs' Award, Young People's Jury Award, Best Cinematography, and the highest award - Golden Lions for the best film of the Festival.

Daniel (Dawid Ogrodnik) is an artist, Catholic and gay activist. The houses in his hometown are decorated with his impressive murals, his sculptures are displayed in respected exhibitions in Warsaw, and his installations, such as a chapel illuminated and greeting the residents with their voices, serve the local community. His trademark is a sweatshirt decorated with rainbow elements. As a deeply faithful Catholic, Daniel is committed to spiritual matters. He believes that the church should not be a place of exclusion and that there is room in his community for everyone regardless of worldview or personal choices. As a result of dramatic events, Daniel decides to take part in a courageous fight to defend his ideas and decides to crack down on homophobia in his hometown.
 

FEARS
Genre: Drama
Poland 2021
Production: Kuba Kosma PGP („(Nie)znajomi”, „Serce miłości”), Katarzyna Sarnowska („(Nie)znajomi”, „Chemia”)
Coproduction: Kino Polska TV SA
Co-financing: Polish Film Institute, CANAL+
Direction: Łukasz Ronduda („Performer”, „Serce miłości”), Łukasz Gutt („Odyseja złomowa”)
Screenplay: Łukasz Ronduda („Performer”), Michał Oleszczyk, Katarzyna Sarnowska („(Nie)znajomi”, „Chemia”)
Pictures: Łukasz Gutt („Kamerdyner”, „Serce miłości”)
Scenography: Joanna Kaczyńska („Listy do M.3”, „Serce miłości”)
Costume Designe: Kalina Lach („Wszyscy moi przyjaciele nie żyją”, „Planeta Singli 3”)
Film editing: Przemysław Chruścielewski („Żeby nie było śladów”, „Boże Ciało”, „Serce miłości”), Kamil Grzybowski („Czuły film”)
Cast: Dawid Ogrodnik („Najmro. Kocha, kradnie, szanuje”, „Cicha noc”, „Chce się żyć”), Maria Maj („Między nami dobrze jest”), Andrzej Chyra („W imię…”, „Carte blanche”), Jacek Poniedziałek („Serce miłości”, „Pakt”), Oskar Rybaczek („Klangor”, „Ślad”), Agata Łabno, Jowita Budnik („Plac Zbawiciela”, „Jeziorak”), Karolina Bruchnicka („Córka trenera”, „Moje wspaniałe życie”), Konrad Eleryk („Klangor”, „Furioza”), Piotr Trojan („25 lat niewinności. Sprawa Tomka Komendy”, „Znaki”),  Wiktoria Kruszczyńska, Ewa Konstancja Bułhak („Drogówka”, „Dzień kobiet”), Wojtek Ziętek („Boże Ciało”, „Jak najdalej stąd”)




About SPI INTERNATIONAL: 

SPI INTERNATIONAL is a global media company operating 42 TV channels, multiple digital products across six continents, and a major player in content distribution and broadcasting worldwide.

SPI was founded 28 years ago and has extensive experience in the TV and broadcasting industry. The company operates multiple free-to-air and pay-TV channels in CEE, Western Europe, CIS and Ex-Yugo regions including key European markets such as Poland, Czechia, Romania, Serbia, the Netherlands and Russia. SPI is one of the premier movie service providers in the countries where it operates, with FilmBox being its flagship movie service. SPI Group owns a suite of legacy brands that have become household names such as FilmBox, Film1, Kino Polska, Stopklatka, Dizi along with different thematic channels and streaming services. 

SPI’s brands reach millions of households through operators, partner platforms and SPI’s own digital products globally. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses cutting-edge technology providing its subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content and FilmBox+ service that has over one million subscribers. The company recently launched a new digital service, Dizi, a state-of-the-art aggregator of the best Turkish series worldwide. SPI also owns and operates the brand assets of Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear channels and an on-demand service.

For over 25 years, SPI INTERNATIONAL has been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international markets. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. 

 

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